24 July 2014
Science is what the east region wants to be known for these days and that transformation has been given a boost by two major new projects.
A police force, criticised for its handling of domestic violence, uses new protection powers more than 50 times in two months.
Jess Judd, from Essex, and Jodie Williams are determined to make their mark at Glasgow 2014, as BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce finds out.
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